so what is FTTB?

Prior to becoming nbn-ready, every address in the country is mapped by the nbn™ to determine the type of network technology used to service your address, with each technology being installed in its own unique way.

There is currently a mixture of seven core technolgy types that are used to install the nbn™ and FTTB (short for Fibre to the Basement) is one of these.

If you live in an apartment or similar building the fibre optic cable will lead to your building’s Main Distribution Frame (MDF). The MDF then connects to a wall socket in your unit via the building's internal cabling and this is known as Fibre to the Basement (FTTB).

excuse us while we get technical for a second

Get ready because things are about to get a little complicated.

The nbn has Points on Interconnect (POIs) around the country that connect to the wider internet. These tend to be located in the old telephone exchange building in each suburb. From these POIs a fibre optic cable connects to nbn nodes (purpose-built street cabinets) which are closer to your house. A copper cable (existing phone and internet wiring) then connects the node to your house.

If your household already connects to the internet through ADSL, there is a good chance you’ll end up with FTTN for your nbn connection type, as it utilises the existing internet infrastructure.

nbn™ FTTB setup

fibre to the basement

The nbn won’t need to install any equipment in your home. However, if you live in an apartment and are connecting to the nbn for the first time, an nbn technician may need to access your building's communications box (your building manager will know where this is). amaysim will let you know what you'll need to do after you've signed up, so that you can plan ahead.

  • In order to connect the devices within your home to the internet you'll need an nbn-ready modem. At amaysim we offer an optional pre-configured modem with each of our nbn™ plans.
  • It's a NetComm NF18ACV modem which is a high quality nbn-ready modem at a great price!

other things to consider

ensure your modem is nbn compatible

If you've already got a compatible modem that's not locked to a particular network, you should be able to use it to connect it to amaysim, however will need to check your modem's compatibility.

make your modem accessible

Wherever you choose to set your modem up, it’s important to note that you'll need to be able to reach a spare power outlet as well as your phone socket

plug and play

Once your service has been activated, you'll simply need to plug the modem in to your phone socket (using the RJ11 phone cable that most modems come with). Your devices will then be able to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable

not sure if the nbn is available in your area?

simply let us know your address and we'll let you know